Meet Raymond Kenney
A 56-year-old Marine Corps Veteran as of August 2, 2015, this will be Raymond’s 15th term as a member of the Board of Directors if he is elected. He had the honor of serving at HMX-1 Quantico, Virginia home of the Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron Marine One. He had the honor of serving former President Ronald Reagan while at HMX-1. Raymond received an honorable discharge in June 1982. Raymond received a C-6 spinal cord injury on June 25, 1994 because of an automobile accident. After rehab at MCV, he returned to Cadmus Journal Services where he worked for a total of 17 years. Raymond is experienced in software setup and configuration. Mr. Kenney is active in wheelchair sports, including the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and the Mid-Winter Sports Clinics. Mr. Kenney is currently serving on the Board of Directors as the former Chapter National Director and Hospital Liaison. Mr. Kenney spends many hours at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC hospital as the Hospital Liaison Officer supporting the veterans that have to come in from time to time and also the newly injured veterans. Raymond also visits the long-term care facility at the Hampton, Virginia VAMC.
Raymond is a member of the McGuire Peer Counseling Team and spends a lot of time and effort helping any veteran that comes to McGuire VAMC. He is extremely concerned with the care, rights, and benefits of spinal cord injured veterans and will continue to do so. Mr. Kenney has served on the Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council for 3 years and was selected by the former Governor of Virginia Tim Kaine. Mr. Kenney was once selected by Governor Tim Kaine to serve on the State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Mr. Kenney is involved with other organizations within his community so that he can better serve people with disabilities whether they are service-connected or not. Mr. Kenney has a 28-year-old son who graduated from Hermitage High School in Henrico County, Virginia. Mr. Kenney’s son Trae is a graduate of James Madison University and is currently a firefighter for the city of Richmond. His son Trae will be inducted into Hermitage High School Hall of Fame. Raymond always has time to talk about how proud he is of his son.
You have to be willing to put the time, effort, and dedication in that it will take to serve on the board. I do this because it means a lot to a veteran that is lying in the hospital far from home and family that just might want someone to talk to, or may have some concerns that can be addressed by this Chapter. I am a true professional and I take my job seriously. If you have come to the hospital for medical attention or for your annual, I probably talked to you. I probably saw you there because I try my best to make myself available to you. That is why I volunteer, because I get great satisfaction knowing I have made a slight improvement in a veteran’s life. That’s what it’s all about.